Olympic National Park

Olympic Fast Facts

How big is Olympic National Park?

Olympic covers a total area of 922,561 acres or 1,442 square miles.

How many people visit Olympic National Park?

2,718,925 people visited Olympic in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Olympic Visitation Stats.

When was Olympic National Park created?

Olympic was made a national park on June 29, 1938.

What are the highest and lowest elevations in Olympic National Park?

Olympic’s lowest point is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean. The highest point in Olympic is 7,965 feet on Mount Olympus.

What time zone is Olympic National Park located in?

Olympic is in the Pacific Time Zone.

How much does it cost to enter Olympic National Park?

$30 per private vehicle per week.

Five Random Facts About Olympic

one Olympic National Park includes 73 miles of Pacific coastline, maintained in its wild state.

two The ecosystem variety results in over 1,200 types of plants. There are four types of forest alone, including montane, alpine, lowland, and temperate rain forest.

three In 1897 President Grover Cleveland created the Olympic Forest Reserve. In 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt designated a portion of the reserve Mount Olympus National Monument, mostly in response to the slaughter of the area elk. In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the legislation creating Olympic National Park, absorbing the national monument. It was nearly named Elk National Park instead.

four Olympic National Park protects the largest wild herd of Roosevelt elk in the world.

five 95% of the land in Olympic National Park is designated wilderness.

Where is Olympic National Park?

Olympic National Park is located in the northwest corner of the state of Washington, taking up much of the Olympic Peninsula. Most of the park is very remote and hard to access, but several areas offer easy visitor access. The town of Port Angeles is directly outside of the Hurricane Ridge area, while the town of Forks is on the west side, near coastal areas and south of the Hoh Rain Forest. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Olympic.